The news that US (and UK) were spying on Ehud Barak, then minister of defense, only one from the list of Israeli VIPs getting the same treatment, could excite only the most naive by now. The Washington's response, however, should be noted, if only for its entertainment value:
Washington insisted there was no causal link between Barak's appointment and the renting of the apartment, (which they insisted was for a Marine who was working in the American embassy's security team) despite the fact that Israeli intelligence detected sizable amounts of electronic equipment delivered to the US-rented apartment.So we have a Marine security expert who was dubbing in electronics in his spare time. Nothing to see here, people, move on.
Although, wait a second: Barak is known as a mean piano player. Could somebody, please, upload a few of his home performances for public's enjoyment, while we are at it? I bet there are a lot of tapes that Marine fellow collected...
And then there is this, of course:
Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz addressed the reports, saying "We do not monitor the president of the United States, the White House or the US Secretary of Defense. We need to reach a settlement with the United States."Now pull the other one, please.